A resident of Queenstown lost a box of jewellery. He had accidentally discarded it. And only realized it four to five days ago.
On Saturday 28 May 2016 the Town Council alerted two cleaners. Their names are Howlader and Nurul.
These two Bangladeshi cleaners were off duty. It was 6pm yet they went immediately to the Garbage Bin Centre to look through the huge pile of boxes they had cleared from the nearby blocks.
For three hours they trawled through the pile of trash.
For three hours into the evening they turned every piece of rubbish in dimly lighted condition.
For three hours, they tolerated the stench, the dirt and the filth.
Their long grueling backbreaking effort paid off. They found the jewellery box hidden among trash within a carton used to store a television.
By the time they returned the jewellery to the owner, it was 10pm. The owner was so overjoyed that he was “dancing” according to Nurul.
It is estimated that the recovered jewellery is worth $45,000. There were “gold and diamonds,” and many items in the box including gold chains, bracelets, lockets and rings.
Although the two workers received appreciation from the owner, supermarket vouchers and letters of commendation from the Town Council yet they did not do it for reward.
They are simply as “happy” as the rightful owner for that which is so valuable was lost but now is found.
This Straits Times report reminded me of the parable in Luke 15:8-10.
“Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!’ Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
Just so nothing brings more joy to God, angels and even us than finding a single lost soul. It is worth fighting the repulsive stench, the unfavorable condition and the long grueling backbreaking effort.
Let that be the parable of our lives.